The fourth and latest release in Mount Gay’s Master Blender Collection – a series of small batch creations produced by the Barbados distillery’s master blender since 2018 – has made landfall in Singapore.
The Mount Gay Andean Oak Cask is their 2022 limited-edition launch, utlilising a non-traditional wood choice, Andean oak (also known as Colombian oak), in its make.
Mount Gay’s award-winning master blender Trudiann Branker nurtured a special batch of rum specifically for ageing in vigin Andean oak casks sourced from the mountainous ranges of the Colombian Andes.
The single batch of rum is first twice distilled in traditional copper pot stills and aged for 14 years in ex-bourbon casks, then finished in Andean oak for an additional 11 months.
This results in a rum with smoky and spicy top notes layered on a base of vanilla and toffee. On the palate, the Mount Gay Andean Oak Cask offers toasted coconut, nutmeg, and a hint of ripe pear.
We like that it is non-chill filtered, has no colouring added, and bottled at a slightly higher 48% ABV, allowing its natural profile to shine on its own. Those who already enjoy sipping on Mount Gay’s Black Barrel from their core range will find the Andean Oak to deliver that same satisfaction, but with a lot more complexity and depth.
The Mount Gay Andean Oak Cask is limited to only 2760 bottles released worldwide, with a recommended retail price of S$240 in Singapore. It is available online on their official Amazon store, or at top rum bars in town such as Low Tide and Sugarhall.
Mount Gay is the world’s oldest running rum distillery. Established since 1703, it has been in operation for over 300 years in Saint Lucy, Barbados.
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